Last year in September I decided to go to my first blogger conference. At first I didn’t know which blogger conference to pick as going to your first one is a big step and you want to choose one which will give you as many benefits as possible (learn, have fun, networking). I was pretty scared so when I heard about FunFest Blogger Summit I was very happy to book my tickets straight away and the main reason was that it is a family event so your hubby and kids are welcome along with you. This makes it a great family day out but its also a productive one too.
I had a great experience at this blogger conference last year and now this years event is fast approaching, taking place on Saturday 10th September. I must confess that I’m so looking forward to going again. I know you will love it too so I have decided to make a list of 10 reasons why you should go…
Here are my 10 reasons:
1. Bring Your Family
I mentioned this at the start of the post so you kind of already knew about it. For me this was one of the most important reasons why I decided to go to this blogger conference. It was very important to me to feel supported and not feel alone so what better than having my little family (hubby and girls) with me?
2. It’s Free for Kids
What better than being able to bring your kids along, no matter the age and not having to worry about buying a ticket for them? This for me was an important selling point as I was very happy to be able to bring my two girls with me who at the time, were 5 and 1 years old.
3. Suitable for All Bloggers
This could be a mum, dad, grandparent or a general lifestyle blogger. I will highlight that it would be even better for new bloggers as it is always the best opportunity to go to your first conference when you can bring your family along. I had only been blogging for 4 months when I went to this event so I was absolutely new to this blogging world. I didn’t really have any bloggers friends as such so it was much better to have my family with me. It gave me the boost and confidence to meet other bloggers and brands.
4. Children’s Entertainment
You must be thinking, ‘How can I listen to the speakers if I have my kids to deal with?’, well this was something I was worried about too but they have this covered. There is a lot of entertainment put on for your kids to keep them occupied. There are activity books so they can do colouring, stickers (my girls love stickers so this was great), puzzles, they can do face-painting (this is always a hit with kids as they love it).
There are also lots of costume characters around. Bella loved this. We took some photos of her with them. She also loved the balloon modelling and a huge teddy bear from Tatty Teddy that she just loved hugging!
I think this year they will have even more surprises for the kids so I’m very looking forward to that. I’m sure my girls will love it this year too.
5. An Expo Area featuring some of the biggest names in toys and children’s entertainment
This for me was something that I liked a lot when I was reading about this conference. I’m not sure if you are familiar with my blog but if you are, you will know that we love doing reviews, especially of toys. This is something that I really love about blogging that I can have some fun with my family doing these reviews and of course if I can bring a smile to my girl’s faces after receiving these toys and become a cool mum then I’m so happy!
If you would like to review toys or even if you already do but want to do some networking with more brands, this is the conference for you. You will see big brands such as The Entertainer, Jumbo Games, JCB Toys, Falk, Kids@Play, Topps, Amscan, Addo, Ardega, Crushed UK and Those Licensing People!
6. Opportunity to Discuss Brand Ambassador Roles
This is always something that we all might have as a goal if we find the correct brand. I didn’t get an Ambassador role from this conference (maybe because my blog was very new at the time) but I did get some opportunities from it and I was very happy with that. I hadn’t been approached by any brands at the time so hearing from brands after this conference was really cool indeed.
You will have the opportunity to meet the brands during the afternoon after the lunch break, where you get your own time to go around networking. Don’t forget to bring your business cards! 😉
7. A Morning Conference Programme
They focus on giving you some great advice through the morning sessions where you will see some interesting speakers. That is, established bloggers talking about their experiences as well as high profile PRs who will be giving their point of view too. It is very important to hear about what PRs are looking for. I learnt a lot from it that day. There was so much useful information especially for new bloggers like me. I was like a sponge, absorbing all the information!
Last year, Vicki from Honest Mum gave an amazing speech. It was so emotional and brought some tears to my eyes. Everything that she said that day really touched me. I was so over the moon to meet her that day too. She was and still is an inspiration to me. I always look up to her and try to learn from her as much as I can as in my opinion she is the best blogger out there. She has done so much that it is just AMAZING. When I met her that day she was so nice with me and had the time to chat with me one to one. I also met her family and she met mine and since then she has always been really nice with me. I love her! If you also find her as an inspiration, I’m very happy to tell you that she will be back this year speaking too. Isn’t it fantastic?
8. Free Lunch and Refreshments
Last year the food was amazing. We had refreshments all day long with 2 breaks, one for lunch and one for the afternoon tea where we had a selection of cakes and puddings. This was the best part for my girls, LOL! You will not be disappointed with the food they put on, and it was all so well presented too.
9. Goody Bags
Who doesn’t want a good goody bag? Let me tell you that you will get one and it’s not boring or average by any means. You will get a decent goody bag with a selection of different products. We got puzzles, toys, teddy bears, etc. It was fantastic and I was really impressed with it.
10. Great Price
Last but not least, the price of the tickets is just so affordable. Adult delegate tickets are priced at just £39.99 each (plus booking fee) as part of their special early bird offer. Child tickets are completely free but limited to 3 children per booking.
See below a couple of videos that we filmed of Bella that day so you can see how much fun it was for her:
And of course some photos of the day:
The venue is Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire.
I will be there for sure. If you are a blogger and would like to attend a great, different and family orientated blogger conference then this is your opportunity. I would love it if a lot of you could make it. It would be very nice to meet more familiar faces.
What do you think of this summit? Did I manage to convince you? Would you like to give it a go? Have you been to this summit before? Have you been to other blogging conferences before? Leave me a comment below. It would be nice to read what you think.
*Disclosure: I’m an ambassador for FunFest Blogger Summit and part of this role is to talk about it and of course I”m getting tickets for me and my family.
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